A Beginer’s Guide to Snapchat


You have probably heard about Snapchat. It is the popular mobile application that allows you to send videos and pictures, both of which will self-terminal damage after a few seconds of a person viewing them.

Snapchat is also a fun messaging application, You can capture a photo or brief video with it, then you add a caption or doodle or filter or lens over top, and send the finished snap to a friend. Alternatively, you can add your snaps to your story, which you can add a 24 hours collection of all your snaps that displayed to the world or just to your followers.

But these are nearly a part of the many features within Snapchat. Snapchat is used to send photos and videos to friends. Your friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds only, and then the snaps disappear. While that’s all fine and excellent, many people are still left stumped by Snapchat.

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a photo and video messaging app. It is launched in 2011. Snapchat is unique in that all photos and videos only last a particular amount of time before they disappear forever, making the app ephemeral in nature, though you can take a screenshot of all the snaps you received to save them in picture form. You can also save your own snaps before sending them to friends or you story.

Who uses Snapchat?

Everyone uses Snapchat. But it is mostly directed toward teens and adults. Snapchat is mostly used among teenagers, according to several research firms, though it is catching on and hold new demographics every day. Viners, YouTubers, and celebrities, for instance, are known to use Snapchat as an alternative means of communicating with their followers.

What’s all the lingo mean?

Here are some of the common terms and phrases used in the Snapchat world:

Snapchatters: Snapchat users.

Snaps: Photos or videos can be taken with Snapchat. You can send your snaps to another Snap-Chatter or your followers, but it can only be viewed by the recipient for one to 10 seconds before it disappears forever.

Snapback: A reply to a snap.

Story: A snap you can be displayed to your followers. Recipients can view your story an unlimited amount of times in 24 hours, and you can post multiple snaps to your story in one day. You can also access your story and your friend’s stories from the Stories screen.

Scores: A special equation combining the number of snaps you have sent and received, stories you have posted, and other factors. You can find a friend’s score when you hold down on a friend’s name in your contact list, story feed, or chat area.

Snapcode: Snap Codes are scannable codes that make adding new Snapchat friends even easier. Your Snapcode is located in the centre of your Profile Screen, which you can access by clicking on the ghost icon in the upper centre of the Camera Screen.

Snap Streak: You may have noticed that some of your fellow snap-chatters have different emojis next to their Snapchat names in the Chat screen. That means you are on a Snap Streak.

Lenses: You can make Snaps even more fun by adding real-time special effects and sounds with lenses. Go to the Camera screen in Snapchat, tap on your face, and lens options will appear below.

Filters: You can give up your snap by adding a fun overlay with a filter. After you take a Snap, swipe right or left on the preview screen to add coloured filters, the current time, local weather, speed overlays or GEO filters to your snaps.

Snapchat Friend Emoji Meanings:
Have you ever thought what each Snapchat emoji means? Each emoji you see beside a friend’s name means something about your friendship on Snapchat. There are currently six different emoji you will be able to see, which include:

  1. Two pink heart
  2. Red heart
  3. Yellow heart
  4. Smiling face with smiling eyes
  5. Smirking face
  6. Grimacing face
So this was all about Snapchat. How do you see Snapchat as…? Do let us know by dropping comments below.

Happy Snapchatting 🙂

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